Thursday, February 14, 2013

Two marriages in a year lands man in jail

AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court (HC) on Wednesday handed over custody of Mayursinh Vaghela to Gandhinagar police, who lodged him in lock up over his first wife's complaint.

Vaghela's first wife had lodged a complaint with the Pethapur police and later Naroda police against him and his second wife, Shilpa Chaudhary, who is a suspended police sub-inspector.

Vaghela and Sweeti got married on February 14, 2011. Vaghela was preparing for competitive exams and he fell in love with Shilpa, who was also studying for such tests. Chaudhary finally got selected in police department and appointed as a PSI at the Naroda police station. Vaghela and Chaudhary got married in October 2011, within a year of boy's first marriage. He also did not obtain divorce from the first wife.

According to Sweeti, who lives at her in-laws place in Kolavad village of Gandhinagar district, Vaghela did not come back to his home after his second marriage. But before that, the couple allegedly had a dispute and later Sweeti lodged an FIR with Pethapur police station on September 9 last year against her husband and his second wife.

Sweeti had accused Vaghela and Chaudhary of forcing her to divorce her husband and cops booked Vaghela under anti-dowry laws. After such accusation, Chaudhary was suspended from her services.

But when Vaghela did not return home, Sweeti filed a habeas corpus petition through advocate Hardik Pandit in the HC, which ordered cops to produce Vaghela and Chaudhary both before the court. When Vaghela was produced before the court, the judges asked him his wish. He told the court that he wants to live with his second wife. Meanwhile, after registration of FIR against them, Vaghela and Chaudhary filed a quashing petition in the HC. The court had ordered to stay investigation and their arrest too. But the HC on Thursday vacated the stay in regards with Vaghela, and the stay in regards with his second wife continues.

As the stay was lifted on police action against Vaghela, the Gandhinagar police took his custody from the HC premises only and took him to Pethapur.

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